English | Literatures in English 1800-1900
E303 | 1885 | Favret


9:30a-10:45a TR (30) 3 cr.

OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS OBTAIN
AUTHORIZATION FROM BH402.

This course will serve as an introduction to literature written in
English in the nineteenth century, primarily in Great Britain and
the United States. This is the era when literature came into its own,
understanding itself increasingly as a crucial element in nation- and
empire-building, and, especially in the case of the novel and lyric
poem, as the culture's primary register of individual consciousness.
Accordingly, our focus during the semester will be on the role of
literature in forming and responding to the passion and politics of
this era. Rather than a survey of all the major writers of the period,
we will work at length with several representative writers,
including some of the following: John Keats, Jane Austen, Charles
Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Carlyle, Nathaniel
Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Emily
Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, James
Joyce. Classes will involve occasional short lectures and quite a lot
of student discussion. Students will be asked to write a few short
assignments and three long papers, as well as a final exam.